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  • Groundbreaking held for new nursing home

    July 22 was called a "day of history-making" by local officials who braved a downpour and muddy field at a groundbreaking for the new Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    A large number of Sunrise employees, volunteers and board members joined representatives of Branscum Construction for the ceremony and a reception back at the nursing home. Branscum from Russell Springs  is building the $10.8 million, 142-bed two-story facility on a 13-acre lot beside the current nursing home.

    Site work begins next week.

  • Money released to logjam bidder

    The New Haven Board of Commissioners agreed to release payment in advance to Joe Boone Excavating, which was awarded a bid to remove a logjam in the Rolling Fork River.

    Boone, a New Haven resident, approached the council Thursday to ask for the remainder of the grant money allotted for the job.

    Minus a $375 attorney fee for writing the contract, commissioners were agreeable to the idea.

    “I have no problem if we have our fees paid ahead of time,” Commissioner John Ray Ball said.

  • Trafficking case to be heard by grand jury

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed found probable cause in two related cases July 8 and held both to be heard by a grand jury.

    Beverly Reliford, 51, of Greensburg is charged with trafficking in controlled substance, first degree; tampering with physical evidence; obstructing or interfering with an investigation; and prescription not in a proper container.

    Reliford is a social worker in Greensburg.

  • Gribbins sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter

    Kenneth R. Gribbins, 58, of New Haven was sentenced to 14 years in prison on two counts of first-degree manslaughter in Nelson Circuit Court last week. He also was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of wanton endangerment. Sentences are to be served concurrently.

    He was credited with 726 days in jail and probation was denied.

  • Golf carts driven into pond

    Police are looking for suspects who removed golf carts from outside the Elizabethtown Country Club pro shop and drove them onto the golf course and into a pond.

    It happened sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Anyone with information is urged to call police at 766-5078.

  • Hawkins kids operate benefit

    For the third summer, 8-year-old Elyssa Hawkins will sell lemonade to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand,  a foundation that raises funds for childhood cancer research.

    The stand will be set up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25 and noon-4 p.m. July 26 at IGA at Lincoln Plaza.

    Elyssa’s brother Ethan will assist her with the stand.

    They are the children of Bill and Becky Hawkins.

    For more information about the project, see www.alexslemonade.org.

  • Sewer trouble seeps to surface

    City workers endured a smelly task early Saturday after a sewer line backed up on Lincoln Boulevard near the intersection with Tanner Road.

    Lt. Steve Johnson of Hodgenville City Police said he discovered the problem while on patrol. He drove his cruiser through the sludge about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

    Mayor Terry Cruse said the sewer line had “apparently been backing up for some time with solids.”

  • Stephen Foster musical in jeopardy

    Landmark News Service

    Now in its 51st season, “Stephen Foster — The Musical” has been part of the community so long, many residents consider it a staple, Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton said. But its continuation is not guaranteed, and if it closes, city businesses could suffer.

    “I think they are at this point very much at risk of having to close after this season,” Heaton said.

  • Governors Cup goes to Tennessean

    Maddie Denton of Murfreesboro, Tenn., won the Governors Cup as the state championship fiddler at the Official Kentucky State Championship Old Time Fiddlers Contest last weekend. She also won backup musician and junior fiddler, beating Doug Fleener and Adam French, both of Leitchfield.

    Joel Whittinghill of Bowling Green won second place in the championship and Leonard Lawson of Vine Grove took third. The 35th annual event attracted competitors from several states, including Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Colorado, to Rough River Dam State Resort Park.

     

  • Lincoln Days Celebration makes changes

    Several changes will be made to this year’s Lincoln Days Festival held Oct. 3 and 4.

    Art Show: Due to size of Art Show it is being relocated to the Lincoln Museum Community Room on Lincoln Square from Lincoln National Bank. The art show will be held Sept. 27. A reception will be held in conjunction with the art show. This is catered by Cross Town Homemakers and sponsored by LaRue County Fiscal Court.

    Baby Contest and Little Abe and Sarah Look-A-Like contest also will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Civic Center.